Saturday, April 04, 2009

A Worthwhile Precedent: Jail for the Careless Bint...

Calif woman gets 6 years for fatal texting crash
REDDING, Calif. – A woman who crashed into a line of stopped vehicles while text-messaging on her cell phone has been sentenced to six years in a California prison for killing a woman in one of the vehicles.

Deborah Matis-Engle was sentenced Friday by a judge in Redding, Calif.

Investigators said Deborah Matis-Engle was speeding and text messaging when she slammed into the vehicles stopped at a construction zone in August 2007.

Shasta County prosecutor Stephanie Bridgett said the 49-year-old woman had paid several bills by cell phone in the moments before the crash.

She was in the middle of one of those transactions when she struck a vehicle that burst into flames, killing 46-year-old Petra Winn.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Stotter said he will appeal.
Throw away the fucking keys...


Suz said...

And we thought rolling a joint while driving was hard. Geez.

themom said...

Definitely much easier to roll a joint and drive than text!!!! Woohoo!

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

The hardest part was steering with your knees.

I usually abjured rolling in traffic, too, as it seemed 1) too obvious, and 2) too distracting.

Ruth said...

Betcha her first reaction was 'bother, made me make another typo'